So I'm not sure if I'll be doing NaNoWriMo this year after all. My competitive side is itching to do it, but there's one wee little problem:
Damaged Goods might not be done yet.
You see, loyal blog minions, my characters are not cooperating. Damaged Goods began as a neat, tidy little novella with every chapter laid out in an orderly fashion. A novella in 12 days? Easy. No problem. Write it, edit it, submit it, and be ready to crack down on Guilt by Association (formerly Until Proven Guilty, new title courtesy of Scarlett) on November 1st.
As I tinkered with the outline, it became clear the scope of the story extended beyond the realm of a novella. Okay, so it would be a short novel. Still plenty of time to get it written.
In just two days, though, Damaged Goods has erupted into a full-blown characterocracy, with characters demanding new chapters with no regard for the nearness of November 1. Just this morning, I woke up to my male main character saying, "I want another chapter. Add it at once." You know, because he hadn't already demanded three new chapters yesterday in addition to combining two and drastically altering another.
I think I can still get it done before NaNo, but there's a good possibility this one will march right into the first week of November. If it does, I'll probably just pass on NaNo for this year, but I will still be cheering everyone else on from the sidelines.
Now, back to trying to convince a certain character that no, he is not in charge of this outline.
And now he's laughing.